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Staff : Mark Lester

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Mark Lester

lester@augsburg.edu

Central America

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Mark shares the position of Regional Co-Director of Central America for the Center for Global Education and Experience with Kathy McBride. In addition they share the responsibility for the Center’s program in Nicaragua. Mark has been living in Nicaragua since 1985, when he initially served as the pastor of San Dionisio Parish in San Dionisio, Matagalpa as part of the Associate Priest Program of the Maryknoll Missioners (1985-87). He joined the CGEE Nicaragua staff in1987. Since 1994 he has also been responsible for the contract with the Winds of Peace Foundation (WPF), where he manages yearly investments of $1.2 million in projects supporting rural women, indigenous peoples, institutional strengthening and credit to the cooperative sector, and initiatives aimed at improving the quality of education in Nicaragua. His history with CGEE grounds the work of  WPF, and the work with WPF enriches the programming of CGEE.

In Nicaragua, Mark has also been Material Aids Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee, and represented the Wisconsin Coordinating Committee on Nicaragua in the Central Credit Committee of CEPAD in their Nicaraguan Community Development Loan Fund.